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 While the State of New York forces historic hunting clubs off their generations-old leases near water bodies after acquiring hundreds of thousands of additional acres of private forest land in recent years, it works with environmental groups to open water bodies through remaining private hunting property so that the private land is unprotected from vandalism, arson, and damage from the intrusion of non-native species while the enjoyment and privacy of the hunting club owners is diminished.

New information added on July 12, 2008

"Adirondack League Club Raises Arson Reward to $100,000" - PRFA News Brief, February 2006
With six remote camps destroyed beginning in 2003, the Adirondack League Club is offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution those responsible.


See Also
See Also

Adirondack Park Agency (APA)

Highways and Rights-of-Way

Preservation vs the Future of the North Country

Stopping Government Land Acquisition

Champion International Lands and Lawsuit

Environmental Terrorism


In-Depth Information

  • John S. Marwell"The Navigable Waterways Controversy" - By John S. Marwell, Esq., Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, Mt. Kisco, New York, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Recreationists are trying to create new rights by re-defining the well established standard of navigability in favor of the public at the expense of property owners. The Sierra Club and a group within the New York State Attorney General's Office and Department of Environmental Conservation orchestrated an effort to pass regulations and use a test case to create a right of passage by canoe or kayak, including extensive dragging and portaging. The Sierra Club's test case was to send canoeists down the shallow, rocky river through the Adirondack League Club's 53,000 acres of pristine property. The club sued the canoeists for trespass and the state intervened in favor of the canoeists. The Court of Appeals adhered to the traditional standard of commercial utility but added a recreational use test, which was narrowly defined in a settlement.
  • "Reward offered for arsonists"- by Virginia Germer, News Correspondent, Hamilton County News, Sept. 18, 2001 (Reprinted by permission)
    The Adirondack League Club is advertising a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who burned two of the club's camps to the ground. The river that flows through the club's 53,000-acre property had been closed to public use until Sierra Club canoeists trespassed to assert the right of passage in 1991. After a nine-year court battle, the ALC and the Sierra Club reached a settlement that allowed canoeing. There is no way at this time to know whether this arson is ecoterrorism, but the article quotes the ALC's attorney that a decision for the Sierra Club "would open every private river to every canoeist and white water terrorist that exists."

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